{FD} Lawyers make final remarks in Australian cardinal’s sex case

A lawyer for the most senior Vatican official charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis has told an Australian court that Cardinal George Pell could have been targeted with false accusations to punish him for the crimes of other clerics.

{FD} Australia’s Turnbull says ‘some tension’ in China relations

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is saying there is “some tension” in relations with Beijing, following accusations of Chinese meddling in the country’s politics and concerns over China’s influence in the South Pacific.

{FD} Australia and New Zealand warn China against Vanuatu base

Australia and New Zealand have warned China against building any military base in the South Pacific after media reports that the Chinese have proposed a permanent stronghold in Vanuatu.